7 Awesome Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and one of the most culturally diverse cities in Southeast Asia.

Home to almost seven million residents, this vibrant city is a melting pot of race, culture and religion.

Intricately designed shrine at the entrance to Sri Mahamariamman temple in Kuala Lumpur

We only had two days to explore but we managed to squeeze in as much as we could.

Here’s our 7 things to do in Kuala Lumpur:

1. The Petronas Twin Towers

A night view of the Petronas Twin Towers, one of our 7 Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without checking out the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Standing 452 metres tall they’re a pretty spectacular sight and worth seeing both during the day and night.

You can get a great view of the buildings for free at KLCC public park – a 50 acre garden next to Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. It’s the perfect place to chill out for an hour or two after a busy day of sightseeing.

View of KLCC park from the bridge connecting the two Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Don’t miss the daily water fountain show at Lake Symphony (we’d recommend the music show which takes place three times a day at 20:00pm, 21:00pm and 22:00pm.)

Three times a day a fountain and light show takes place at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers in the KLCC park, Kuala Lumpur

If you fancy getting a little closer, you can take a trip up the towers where you’ll be rewarded with incredible 360 degree views of Kuala Lumpur.

A view of the Petronas Tower from the top viewing platform of it's sister tower in Kuala Lumpur

Your ticket allows you to walk across the skybridge that connects the two towers and visit the observation deck on the 89th floor. It’s easy to see why visiting the Petronas Twin Towers is one of our 7 things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Travel Tip: Buy a ticket in advance to go up the towers from the Patronas Towers official website, where you’ll be able to choose a date and time slot rather than waiting in line.

How to get there: Click here for a map and instructions.

Price: 85 MYR per adult & 35 MYR per child, the towers are closed to visitors on Mondays.

Terrific views of the Petronas Twin Towers from the Sky Bar at the Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

If you want to check out the Towers whilst sipping on a cocktail, we’d recommend having a drink at The Sky Bar at the Traders Hotel – a swanky bar with swankier views

2. Masjid Negara, the National Mosque of Malaysia

Inside Masjid Negara, the National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

In our opinion, one of the most rewarding things about travel is the opportunity to learn about different countries and their cultures and a trip to Masjid Negara will help you do just that.

Masjid Negara located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur is the national mosque of Malaysia and has a capacity of a whopping 15,000 people.

An outside view of Masjid Negara, the National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

The Mosque is surrounded by 13 acres of scenic gardens and has a minaret which stands 73 metres high

It’s completely free to visit but you must keep your head and shoulders covered –  if you’re not dressed suitably then you’ll be provided with a ‘Jubah’ to wear.

It can get super busy during prayer times so plan your visit accordingly; non-Muslim visitors can visit Monday to Sunday from 09:00am-12:00pm, 15:00pm-16:00pm and 17:30pm-18:30pm.

Inside Masjid Negara, the National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Travel Tip: Keep an eye out for the free guides who are happy to give you an insight into the way the Mosque runs and some of the history of Islam if you have ten minutes to spare.

Price: FREE!

How to get there: Take the train to KL Sentral, then take the KTM Komuter Train towards Kuala Lumpur Station.

3. Brickfields, Little India

Beautifully coloured arches span down Little India in Kuala Lumpur

Brickfields, known as Little India, is one of the best places in Kuala Lumpur to experience Indian culture.

Home to delicious Indian food and snacks, the fragrant smells and colours reminded us of our time spent in India.

Don’t leave without trying the ‘banana leaf rice,’ a traditional dish from the South of India where your meal is served on a banana leaf. We recommend heading to Vishal Food & Catering – you won’t leave disappointed!

Try eating the dish with your hands – it’s said to add more flavour (and fun!)

Price: A banana leaf rice will set you back around 20 MYR.

4. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Located in the famous Lake Gardens, KL Bird Park is the world’s largest free flight walk-in aviary.

Over 20 acres in size, the park is home to more than 3,000 birds including ostriches, eagles and flamingos. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon if you’re travelling with kids making it one of our 7 things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

A peacock fans it's feathers at Kuala Lumpur's bird park

Travel Tip: Visit the Bird Park’s website to find out the feeding times of the birds so you can plan your visit accordingly.

Price: Entry ticket for an adult is 50 MYR and kids 41 MYR.

How to get there: The bird park is nearby the Masjid Negara Mosque, click here for full instructions.

A short walk away is KL Butterfly Park, and although we did see some beautiful butterflies and dragonflies, we thought it was overpriced and wouldn’t recommend it.

5. China Town

The entrance to Petaling Street, the vibrant China town district in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur’s China Town district is a lively area full of street food and market stalls.

The main street, known as Petaling Street, is famous for selling fake goods and souvenirs.

You’ll find everything here from knock-off handbags to fridge magnets, but prepare to haggle hard to bag yourself a bargain. We love wondering around local markets which is why it is one of our 7 things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Travel Tip: Petaling Street comes to life at night, but keep your bag close and leave your valuables in your hotel as it’s a known area for pick pocketing.

How to get there: Take the PUTRA line to Pasar Seni Station and head straight, it’s about a ten minute walk.

A few minutes walk from Petaling Street is KL Central Market, a famous landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. Here you can buy tons of authentic souvenirs, arts and crafts but there’s not so much haggling!

Nearby to Central Market is the Sri Mahamariamman temple which is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur boasting intricate architecture and vibrant colours. It’s free to enter but you will need to take off your shoes.

A shrine to all the Hindu gods at Sri Mahamariamman temple in Kuala Lumpur

6. Bukit Bintang & Jalan Alor

A Christmas tree decorating the entrance to the pavilion shopping centre at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur’s entertainment district full of bars, restaurants and fancy shopping malls.

Make sure you visit Jalan Alor, a bustling road running parallel to Bukit Bintang and a foodie’s paradise.

Sprawling night market serving local and regional foods at very affordable prices in Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

This was our favourite place to grab dinner in Kuala Lumpur and an absolute must-visit if you’re keen on street-dining.

The road is buzzing day through night, lined with plastic chairs and tables serving up fresh food at cheap prices slotting it’s way into our top 7 things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

A local food vendor offering a huge range of skewered meats, ranging from chicken to whole frogs! Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

You’ll be approached by waiters every couple of steps trying to entice you into their restaurant, but we didn’t feel pressured – just take your time and sit down wherever you like the look of.

Most of the food on offer is Thai, Chinese and Malay. Once you’ve ordered – sit back, relax and watch the world go by on one of the busiest streets in the world.

Sprawling night market serving local and regional foods at very affordable prices in Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Price: A medium sized main dish costs around 24 MYR (we’d recommend ordering a number of small dishes so you can try a bit of everything!)

How to get there: Take the metro to Bukit Bintang Station and it’s a short walk north along Jalan Bukit Bintang.

7. Merdeka Square 

Merdeka Square, also known as Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Square, known as Independence Square, is where the Union Jack was lowered and the Malaysian flag raised for the first time in 1957.

You can now see the Malaysian Flag flying proudly on one of the tallest flagpoles in the world, standing at a height of 95 metres.

How to get there: From KL Sentral Station, take the Kelana Jaya Line (green line) to the Majid Jamek LRT Station and walk towards Jalan Raja.

Across the road from Merdeka Square (you can’t miss it!) is the majestic Sultun Abdul Building, where the Malaysian Declaration of Independence was signed in 1957.

Merdeka Square, also known as Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur

Nearby and worth a visit is Masjid Jamek, the city’s oldest Mosque built in 1909. Unfortuntely the Mosque was undergoing construction during our visit, but it still looked beautiful from the outside.

Masjid Jamek, the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur?

We stayed in Bukit Bintang, a lively area home to cheap to mid range hotels and in walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

China Town is backpacker friendly and a great choice if you’re on a budget. If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, the KLCC area next to the Patronas Towers is an upmarket district and home to big hotels and swanky bars.

Kuala Lumpur has an easy and efficient public transport system, so wherever you choose to stay – you’ll have no problem making your way round the city.

Have you been to Kuala Lumpur? What were your favourite things to do?

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16 Comments

  1. 2nd May 2017 / 11:12 am

    I’m visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia soon so it’s perfect I came across this post. I’ll try get a ticket in advance to go up the Petronas Towers, your pic up there is awesome! Merdeka Square looks good for photography too and Independence Square.

  2. 21st February 2017 / 4:01 pm

    What a great post! I really love the details you shared (time, ticket price, must-tries etc.) and I wish I had seen this post before my last KL trip! We ended up not going anywhere much but to malls because people around me were too worried about kidnapping. I will keep your post in mind though once we revisit! Great post! 🙂

  3. Chelsea
    20th February 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Well, I definitely need to add KL to my list! I’ve always seen pictures of those iconic towers but never knew it’s location. I’ll bookmark this post for future reference !

  4. 20th February 2017 / 11:32 am

    We had the same exact itinerary of KL! So I’m gonna say that I thin both you and I did a good job at planning 😉 Love the photos of the street stalls selling all those flowers in Brickfields. The Indian food in KL is soooo good especially anything eaten on top of a banana leaf!

  5. 20th February 2017 / 10:09 am

    I love Kuala Lumpur! I’ve been a few times now just to catch cheap Air Asia flights. Luckily, I have a friend who lives in the city who always takes me out for great food. If you ever return, you should head to the Helipad bar for sunset drinks- the views are amazing and you can the Petronas Towers and KL Tower from the same spot. I also loved the Batu Caves when I visited. Such a cool city with amazing food. I’ve only ever visited Brickfields at night and had no idea it looked like that- definitely going to check it out during the day next time I go! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. 20th February 2017 / 9:38 am

    Kuala Lumpur looks like such a fun and vibrant city. We had a long layover there on the way back from Indonesia in 2015 but were unaware that we could leave the airport without a visa (our newbie traveling days). Are theses sights relatively close to the airport? Malaysia is coming onto our radar more and more these days.

  7. 20th February 2017 / 4:08 am

    We watched the fountain show at daytime. I’m sure it was more magical at night time though. Unfortunately, we didn’t go up the tower but just strolled around the park and the playground (parents!). I love the feel of KL. It’s friendly and welcoming to tourists.

  8. 19th February 2017 / 9:22 pm

    What a bustling and vibrant city Kuala Lampur seems to be! I’d love to check out the towers and the bird park. I’ll have to reference this article when the time comes to me to check out Malaysia’s capital.

  9. 17th February 2017 / 7:54 pm

    wow, 7 places visited in just two days? At first I thought, while I was reading, it was impossible, but I think the advantage is that some of the places are just walking distance from each other. I like the chinatown and the petronas tower of course. I think I must go to that street food place too if I go to KL someday. I like how you covered everything from culture, religion, architecture and food in one single post. Great job.

  10. 16th February 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! Those towers are certainly iconic. But my favorite spot from your post looks like the bird and butterfly parks. Very charming. And I didn’t realize there was such a vibrant Indian community in Kuala Lumpur. How cool.

  11. 15th February 2017 / 10:04 am

    Jalan Alor looks like the perfect place to spend an evening (or more)! I absolutely love market streets like that. I’ve got to say, this post really made me miss Malaysia. I really love the blend of cultures there — the mish-mash of Chinese, Indian, Colonial, and Malay cultures make for a fascinating travel experience.

    Still haven’t made it to the peninsula yet, but hopefully I’ll be able to next time!

  12. 13th February 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I was literally in Kuala Lumpur on a 12 hour layover from NZ back to the UK. I remember walking down a street with loads of food stalls on (so that was probably Jalan Alor) but because our flight left in the morning we didn’t do any sightseeing. Would love to go back! 🙂

  13. 13th February 2017 / 3:25 pm

    This looks like such a fun place! Really appreciate seeing a break down of the Where / When / How Much, but also your insight on what to avoid. Great advice. I hope to make it here one day!

  14. 13th February 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I stopped in KL a few years ago to see the Petronas Towers. I need to go back to experience the food stalls. Your photos are very tempting.

  15. AC
    10th February 2017 / 9:47 am

    Greag article. I’m here now looking for my next excursion.

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